I was in my workshop recently searching for a set of plans for a bat house. I like to wood work on occasion. I know I had them but didn’t have any luck. I did find my collection of pins from my Delta Air Lines days. Among those pins was this beauty. It’s the Circle of Safety pin. I looked for it whe...

Is safety boring or dry? No doubt, safety can be a tough sell. There are many reasons employees including senior leaders view safety as boring or dry, but often the problem is how we as safety professionals, operations managers, and supervisors talk about safety. Even the words we use, think audit,...

Being safe is risky. I know that sounds odd coming from a 25 year safety professional. Before you start throwing stones, hear me out. 

Safety pros are expected to have the latest facts and figures, but we also have an opportunity to step up as a leader by understanding the organization, culture,...

The most successful leaders have a humble view of themselves. They recognize their own strengths and weaknesses. They listen carefully because they understand they have something to learn (and sometimes relearn) from everyone and every situation big and small.

“It is through great loss and sometimes...

The big debate in safety circles is always about zero. That debate surfaced again last week with the passing of Paul O’Neil. You may remember him as the Treasury Secretary for George W. Bush. Safety Professionals remember him as the CEO of Alcoa in the late 90's and early 2000's who lead with safety...

I ran into a neighbor who had just returned from the grocery store. He talked about how shoppers seemed to be more on edge, short tempered, even rude today. We are in week 5 of this pandemic lock-down, so maybe that’s understandable.

I often speak about the soft skills required to influence change or...

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